When a child is born, a family rejoices. The child belongs to their family. Baptism is the sacrament which makes a child part of the Family of the Church, and the Parish will rejoice with you.

From the very beginning of the Church, baptism was the Sacrament that made people members, whether this was adults or children. By being baptised, they belonged to the family of the Church. Belonging is very important to us. But belonging is not just about a single ceremony: it is about who we are, and what we do. It is the same with baptism. To have a child baptised means that you wish them to belong to the Catholic Church - to be a part of it. This means as parents you have to ask yourselves some questions:

Can we honestly promise to do our best to teach our child about the Catholic Church?

Will we give an example of belonging by taking part in the life of the Church ourselves?

Can we honestly say that Baptism is more than just a way into a Catholic school?

If you answer ‘no’ or ‘not sure’ to any of these questions, you should perhaps think again about baptism in the Catholic Church.

Anyone can be baptised in the Catholic Church, as long as they (or their parents if they are aged under 7) can make the solemn profession of faith, and will promise to be part of the Catholic Church in the future. In the case of a child, this means that at least one of the parents must be a Roman Catholic themselves.

At least one parent must be a baptised Roman Catholic - proof of this may be required.

A person should be baptised in the Parish where they live, and permission will be required for Baptism to take place elsewhere.

A person being baptised must have at least one practising Roman Catholic godparent.

Only Catholics over the age of 16 may be godparents at Catholic baptisms. Other Christians may stand as Christian Witnesses (the equivalent of godparents), but must be baptised themselves - they have to make the profession of faith as well. A godparent should be both willing and able to assume the responsibilities of this role, caring for the developing faith of the baptised child, and furthering a real relationship with them.

Baptism is a rich and ancient ceremony. The priest will guide you through the celebration, so that you and your guests can fully take part. The ceremony makes rich use of SYMBOLS. First among these is WATER, which is a symbol of new life: it washes away the old in order to give birth to the new; it is also a rymbol of resurrection - as we rise from the water it reminds us of Christ rising from the tomb. We also use HOLY OIL - namely the Oil of Catechumens, which is used to prepare us for baptism, and the Sacred Chrism, the holy oil which proclaims that we are part of Christ, the Anointed One. We also use LIGHT, in the form of the presentation of a lighted candle, with the words "Receive the light of Christ". Finally a WHITE GARMENT is used, to show the clothing of ourselves in Christ by means of this Sacrament.

The first sacrament that Christians receive is Baptism, a welcoming into the family of Christ. This sacrament involves the pouring of water to symbolize both the washing away of sin and also the living water which Christ promises to deliver to those who follow him.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated normally on a Sunday Afternoon at a time pre-arranged with the family and Fr Simon. For more information contact our Parish Catechists. Nadine Smith and Maureen Lightfoot at St. Joseph’s Church or speak with Fr. Simon after one of the services.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which a person who is not baptized or baptized in another faith denomination, has not received instruction, first communion, or confirmation, journeys with others like them and other Catholics to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith. It is a process of formation. There are four steps in this formation process which culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The parish community, through its prayers, witness, worship, service, and catechesis, offers the invitation and support for the men and women to be initiated into the Catholic Church. Monthly meetings are held beginning in September and ending in May.

Contact either Nadine Smith or  Maureen Lightfoot at St. Joseph’s Church , Loftus. Or speak with Fr. Simon after one of the services.

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32 Staithes Lane, Staithes,

North Yorkshire. TS13 5AD

Telephone: 07952 922318

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